Wednesday, August 04, 2010

fair and square 2

fair and square 2
This is my 2nd sample of the fair and square quilt pattern. It's made up from all kona cottons except for the backing. For this round I used more-comfortable-to-me light sashing. It's kona ash, and it has been in my stash for awhile. I love it's subtle color and how it lets the darker colors shine. I used 5 pieced blocks in this version, which were made from jelly roll strips. I just love how flexible this quilt pattern is! It uses 6.5" unfinished blocks, so any pieced block that finishes at 6" could be used. 9 patches would be fun. Or so would pinwheels!

It's fascinating to me to see how much changing the colors and a few minor alterations really changes the look and feel of a quilt. That was part of the beauty of teaching this pattern at the work party-seeing so many different versions coming together in a few short hours. I could get used to that!

Up tomorrow, a plaid version! :)

If you would like to win a packet of squares in similar colors along with the pattern to make this quilt for yourself, please leave me a comment. I'll pick a winner in a few days. US residents only this time please.

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A.J. Dub. said...

These quilts are so great! My friend and I had just been talking about doing a black or gray quilt so these are so inspiring!
I love the extra smaller squares randomly scattered. Very cool.

Pat said...

What a great quilt design and so versatile!

52knit4 said...

OOOOOOOOOOOhhhhhhhh those are my feel good colors........

Angie said...

Kona Ash is one of my favorites.

leigh said...

love it! and i still haven't sent you a plaid square. but i'm happy to unless you don't want any more :)

Trudy said...

Love the simplicity and I love kona cotton

PioneerValleyGirl said...

I liked it in the dark colors, but I love these cool, light colors and the few pieced squares

Jenny said...

I love your blog. Was so glad when you decided to start up again!!

Shannon said...

I would love to win that pattern. It looks so simple and beautiful. I would to see that with a nine patch. I think your plaid one would be neat also.

Angie said...

Wow - you are on a roll!

Jessica said...

Lovely quilt!

kmodich said...

I would just love a tutorial on this one. It looks simple but lovely!

kaiolohiakids said...

Wow-loved the dark version, but I think I like this one better! It looks white on my computer screen but I love Kona ash, so I'm thinking it's even more beautiful than what I'm seeing!

Melissa said...

I like this! It's hard to find quilts that look appropriate for boys. Thanks for sharing!

Laurie said...

I really liked the last quilt, but this looks so pretty - I think is my new favorite! It's got a peaceful look to it - kind of like being at the ocean :)

I would love to make my own quilt like this - thank you for a chance to win it's ingredients!

Brooke said...

Wow. What a beautiful quilt!

Amy B said...

Looks great! Would love to make one :)

Kat said...

You bet I would love to win. Simple but fun. I like it!

Cathy M said...

Love both of the quilts. I can't decide if I like the black or the white best. They are both wonderful.

Jinx said...

Great quilt pattern. What are the dimensions of the sashing

Quilting_Chris said...

Oh, very pretty. I would love to win the pattern. I really like your colors, so cool and inviting.

amber said...

I love your quilt. I would love to win the pattern and so fabric

Julie said...

What a great way to study color!

Vanessa said...

I haven't been sewing quilts since the birth of my first baby a few months ago, but this one has my pedal foot itching! Very nice, and great blog too!

Jacque. said...

You're absolutely right...different fabrics, different colors completely change the look! I do like the first one you posted...the dark one. Great work, AmandaJean!

LizA. said...

I love the understated simplicity of this. Beautiful.

Beth said...

Oh holy cow! Seeing yesterday's quilt, and now today's version, has me longing to make this quilt--and jump it to the head of the line of quilts on my "to do" and "in progress" lists. A packet of squares would surely do the trick. Thanks for the giveaway and the inspiration.

Ashley said...

I'm really liking the simplicity and versatility of this pattern. Guess getting out of our comfort zones can really pay off!

Callipygian said...

Cutting the fabric is my least favorite part, I'd love to win the squares.

Tina H. in said...

Both of the fair and square quilts are terrific. Minor changes do make a huge difference. Beautiful work.

Anonymous said...

That pattern is quite appealing. It would look nice in 9 patches or pinwheels or small stars. Please put me in the drawing - and thanks for sharing.
cindy

stitchinpenny said...

The quilt is beautiful, only a fool would ignore the opportunity to win the pattern and material. Thanks for the giveaway.

Alisa said...

Beautiful quilt! I have always wanted to work with solids, but just haven't yet. A packet of solid squares would give me the kick that I need. Thanks. :)

nattyg said...

I love this! I'm plotting a white yellow grey one!!

Ben and Amanda said...

So simple, and yet beautifully elegant. Thanks for sharing.

Kala said...

What a wonderful pattern. Works for boys and girls. Poor boys often get left out in the quilting world. Thanks for the chance to win. My fingers are crossed.

Lisa Ann Alexakis said...

I love this quilt. My teenage sons want new quilts and this would be perfect.

lisa said...

I really like the colors you've been using. I like that these quilts are different from ones you usually make. Its good to stretch! :) I hope I get it!

nancym said...

Love the quilt - been looking for a good pattern for my son and this one would be perfect.

Kathrin said...

summer! The colours of the blue sea, the brightness of blue heaven. Wonderful!

CJ said...

What great colors! I do prefer the lighter sashing although I do want to try a quilt with dark sashing at some point.
I'd love some fabric and the free pattern!

Vickie E said...

striking! solids are the rage right now...I just love Moda prints so much..LOL

chp said...

I love it! So simple and beautiful.

sweetbabies00 said...

I love that your son named the quilt. It's very pretty

emedoodle said...

I love it! Definately reminds me of the City Quilts book - which thankfully I just got in the mail yesterday! :)

Stine said...

I love how different quilts can be using the same pattern!

Erin said...

Very nice! I think I like this color palette better. The masculine one was nice too, though. Good job!

Kate said...

Great colors.

madebymum said...

the colours are just perfect

bruinbr said...

Love this and can't wait for the plaid version! :) Simple yet stunning!

Contented Caroline said...

You amaze and inspire me for your speed and ingenuity - yet another great colour scheme. I'm looking forward to the plaid version - that might just be the right choice for dad - plus i have heaps within my stash (i've had them for years). Well done AmandaJean

Leila said...

your quilt looks great, love the simplicity of it. It really brings out how lovely all of your colour choices are.

Susan said...

I am loving these quilts. Amazing how such a simple idea can have such a big impact.

Lisa H. said...

I really like this version. It reminds me of a calm library. (I know, weird, huh?) Thanks for giving us a chance to win.

Rose said...

Love your quilt and the colors are just beautiful. Would love to win this pattern.

Sudi-Laura said...

My husband has been hinting that he would like a quilt, and I think this pattern might be just up his alley! Beautiful work, as always!

Heather said...

I need to make my boy a quilt and these are his colors! I love the modern style.

Munaiba said...

Very smart!

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

I would SO like to win this giftie! It's a terrific design. Especially the name.

Christine said...

Really beautiful! I'm throwing my name in, too.

Candace said...

Wow, another great version. Can't wait to see the next one.

Miss White Wall said...

I love the colors, such a beautiful quilt!

Tiffany said...

This quilt is beautiful! Love the colors and design. Would love to win some similar fabric.

Julie said...

I think that even I could make this one. I love these simpler quilts that look so beautiful!

Terry said...

Love this quilt! I can't wait to see it in plaids! Thanks for the giveaway! :0)

Kelly O. said...

love that by changing out fabric this quilt takes on a new personality! surprised myself by liking the black sashing yesterday.

The Newfie Quilter said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! As always, I am envious of your stippling! I really need to practice mine. Once I finish a top I am always so afraid I'll ruin it with the quilting... so I fall back into in-the-ditch and diagonal lines.

I was so glad to find you were blogging again! Thank-you for the inspiration!

Katie B. said...

Love this quilt!

Katie B. said...

Love this quilt!

Linda said...

Wow! What a little color change can do...look forward to seeing the plaid. Thanks for the giveaway!

Jessica Christensen said...

Not that I need more fabric or another project, but I would love to win a packet of squares and a pattern from you. I love this version too, especially the few pieced squares. They give it some visual interest that you wouldn't get without them or with all of the squares being pieced.

Susan said...

Love the light and dark contrast on this quilt...can't wait to see the plaid version.

Kristin said...

I love the solid colors!! Thanks for the giveaway.

Brynn said...

I love it!

patty a. said...

Love the quilt! In fact I like both versions so far. So nice of you to have a giveway. Kona is a staple in my sewing room.

BaileyGirl5 said...

I love this quilt! It is so simple and graphic. Makes me feel like cleaning up my living room and putting it on the back of my couch! Not many things make me feel like cleaning up my living room .....

Lindsey said...

Love the pattern and I love the colors you selected. I have been thinking about making a very graphic quilt...this may be the one.

The Calico Cat said...

Those blues & greens are so cool... I'd love to win the pattern & fabrics. :o)

jackie said...

great quilts, I like both, fun to see the plaid, when it's done, the little center squares on the 2nd really add a lot!

Karen H said...

I love both of your "fair and square" quilts. Can't wait to see the plaid version.

Leah said...

Yes please I love the calming colors not too much but enough to be interesting.
lbroadstreet@tds.net

Mama Urchin said...

I realy like the addition of the pieced blocks.

Beth said...

what a great pattern!! i keep thinking about it and all the different ways it could be done. i loved yesterday's dark background but love todays greens and blues, too!

SplendorFalls said...

I am really liking this quilt design. I've been looking for a pattern that would really showcase some favorite fabrics; I think this would do the job!

Thanks for the chance to win!!

tammiemarie said...

I never think about doing all solids, but this is a beautiful example of why i should! thanks for the chance to win!!

Alicia said...

This is a nice easy patterns. Its nice to have a good pattern that is easily tweakedfor a whole new effect! Thanks for sharing!

Strlady said...

Lovely!! I am working on feeling more comfortable with solids after years of talk about texture and movement in your quilts. With these excellent designs it makes it much easier!

Dawn said...

I love both of your Fair and Square quilts! I have just started following your blog within the last month and I have to say I am addicted. You have so many great ideas. Thanks so much for sharing!

Chrissie Grace said...

I would love to make this for my husband. Thanks:)

Serendipity said...

I love both of these and you are right the different fabric choice gives it a totally different feel. I would love to win the pattern!

NorahS said...

I love this design! I have been thinking about making my hubby a quilt and this would be perfect.

Patty said...

I think I will use this idea to use up my stash! Love the idea!

mamadevlin said...

I loved the other quilt but I do like this one even more. I really like the blocks with the inner blocks it just adds so much more to the quilt. I would love to see this in purples and light grey. Even if I don't win this I would love to buy the pattern!! Thanks for sharing and for returning to the blog world!! You are an inspiration!!

Gaertegang said...

Free fabric...who doesn't LOVE that!
Thanks for sharing your quilts with us all...and for the giveaway!

sarah said...

I love that this design is basic, but dynamic. It looks like a fun quilt to work on.

Valerie said...

I've got the pattern, so I'd love to win the squares! I liked this pieced version best... :o)

Anya said...

Love the quilt and thanks for the chance!

Dianne said...

I love the colors in this quilt; it's just lovely! Thanks for a chance to win the pattern!

ellenbrd said...

Beautiful, Amanda!

Beehave said...

I'd be happy to receive the fabric. This quilt is striking -- I really like it.

Rene' said...

Amanda, I love this version too! Those five pieced blocks added in really make it shine. Can't wait to see the plaid version.

Deb said...

I absolutely LOVE this quilt. Simple and very graphically pleasing. Would love to receive some of the fabric!

Thimbleanna said...

It's so fun to see the different versions of this quilt! Is the plaid version the one that you collected the plaid samples for? Can't wait to see!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

You certainly have been a busy girl since I've seen you!! I would love to make one like this! Two of you brilliant designers named your quilt Fair and Square on the same day!! Here's Rita's: http://www.redpepperquilts.com/2010/08/fair-and-square.html

Marjorie said...

Another wonderful quilt. This has me re-thinking my plans for some lime green fabric.

Maureen said...

I never thought I would want to do a quilt with solids, but you have really intrigued me with Fair and Square. Fun to see the different looks you get with dark/light sashing.

Mama Spark said...

Who wouldn't want to win this? My fav of the group.

Deanna said...

My son would love this quilt! He is a greenish type person and loves to have something to cuddle in. Thanks for the chance.

Sherry said...

Amanda Jean. . .what a great quilt. . in all it's variations.

This must be extra cool in plaids -- can't wait to see that picture.

Keep up the good work.

SpinningStar said...

Beautiful quilt and I'm looking forward to the plaid version. I picked up a bunch of plaids at a garage sale and I've been trying to decide on patterns to make into charity quilts

sophie said...

I love that color palette and would be thrilled to win some of those squares.

Little Pelican said...

Beautiful quilt, as always!

smarti said...

I really like this color combo (I'm a fan of the light sashing too...maybe b/c of you!).

kpaints said...

Just beautiful, so sutle but dramatic! Great job.

Renae said...

Nice quilts! I like the different options too since I don't usually follow patterns exactly.

reklimes@usfamily.net

two hippos said...

I love this version!

Mrsblocko said...

I love the colors on this quilt. It's neat how the color changes the feel of the quilt from the one you posted yesterday.

Renae said...

I'm going to enter for sister too who is currently on vacation. She would love to get this,has been a follower of your quilts and is the one who got me looking too.

Emily
emilylovesbaskets@msn.com

Cherie said...

I so love all the wonderful quilts made with solids. Beautiful :)

Dawn W said...

Of course I'd love to win some of those fabulous colors - love the simplicity of your new quilt design. (And I'm still catching up on the QAL - got some chain peicing hooked up to my machine right now.)

pklaw said...

I love the colors in this one - amazing how the different colors evoke different emotions! I can seet his pattern being made for so many different recipients - baby, wedding, etc.

Anonymous said...

So simply yet so beautiful. Something so refreshing and soothing about these colors. I would love to make one just like it...thanks for doing a giveaway!

Sue Kay

mandbrid said...

Love it!

Sarah Craig said...

It's lovely, and you're right, it does make an interesting change to have a few pieced blocks! This will be an interesting pattern to play around with, for sure!! And thanks for a chance at the giveaway!

Megs said...

Both versions are so wonderful and unique. Amazing how much fabric choices really alter the way a pattern meets the eye. I need to make my endlessly-supportive-of-my-quilting-habit husband and this one really looks like a winner!

Tami said...

Oh WOW! I LOVE this version. The subtle blues/grays/greens are BEAUTIFUL! I love the clean lines of this quilt and the few pieced blocks, brilliant! I'm thinking a quilt like this for my son's bed would be PERFECT!

Thank you for always sharing your amazing talent. (I am SO glad you decided to start blogging again. I was super bummed when you took a brake!)

Carol said...

so many possibilities with this one. can't wait to see the one tomorrow!

akasissa said...

I like both versions of this quilt - interesting how different it looks just by adding those few pieced blocks. Looks like a great boy quilt - or something to make up in a hurry.

Cindy said...

As always, your quilt is fabulous. I would love a pack of fabric.

Nancy said...

I love that Kona Ash...and would love to have squares to start my own...

Mary Read said...

Pick me!

KQuiltyBee said...

I love Kona Ash. I never thought of myself as a grey person, but it really sets off lots of other fabrics. Beautiful quilt.

Petit Design Co. said...

I can't wait to see the plaid version

ilda rosalia said...

I love this quilt, I woul like to make one for my sister on her 50th aniversary.

Needled Mom said...

What a striking quilt! I really love the solids and love the Kona Ash.

Anne said...

This is a great pattern, so universal. I like your color selections.

FrancisMoore said...

Great quilt. I use a lot of Kona white and snow for the backgrounds of my quilts.

kathytypestoo said...

wow, really?! thanks for the chance to win :) it's lovely.

Paula said...

simple, y efectivo. me encanta.!!!!!

Me said...

Love the simplicity!

Sue said...

I'd love to win. Your quilts are inspiring and I love your blog.

Beckylew said...

Wonderful!! Perfect for my sons!!!

hook and needle said...

I'd love to win this! It seems like a pattern I would really get into! I have enjoyed your blog, too, your work is awesome.

MadeByMeaghan said...

I've been collecting lots of blues and greens lately! I'd love to add some fabrics in! Thanks!

Terriaw said...

I love the difference between the two quilts. I agree with you in loving the simplicity of this pattern. I also love the way the blues and greens really glow through the light sashing. Gorgeous!

Altadena Mom said...

The pattern seems so simple but offers so much opportunity to play with colors. Wonderful!

Tracey said...

I love this pattern! So many possibilities.

Anonymous said...

simple squares! love it! thanks for sharing and thanks for the drawing!!

Melodee said...

I too prefer the 2nd sample with the Kona ash. I love the simplicity of the pattern and the color choices can't wait to see the plaid version. This quilt would be perfect in my sewing/guest room. Thanks for sharing.

Alia said...

Hi Amanda Jean! This is so lovely. I'd love to win this! I love the simpleness of this.

Amy, Joe, and Andrew said...

Yes Please! Pick me!! :) I LOVE these colors!! perfect for my little boys!

SoniB said...

Looks great! Thanks for the chance.

liz taylor said...

How great is this pattern! I am definitely going to have to put this on my to do list!

Mariel said...

I love the colors and pattern of this quilt! I am also enjoying your quilt along. I enjoy seeing all your quilts...guess I just love using a lot of whites. Thanks for the give away.

Radmall said...

I'm completely in love with this pattern--and the version of it that you posted today has my favorite colors. I'd love a chance to win1

Alexis said...

Looks great! It's hard to say which version I like better... the pieced blocks on this one are a brilliant touch!

Carrie in KC said...

Very pretty! I like the Snow for the sashing.

Jessica said...

Beautiful quilt! I love the colors. They are so fresh.

Christine M. said...

love it ... as i do all your work. i hope i win.

Quilt Monkey said...

So simple and yet so stunning! I'll be making one of these soon, I'm sure.

Lauren said...

Oh I love it. I need some easier quilts to work on these days. I love Kona Ash!

...so we added chickens said...

This is such a great quilt. I love the dark-sashed version as well as this one sashed with ash, but I think the addition of the pieced blocks sprinkled throughout this one really add a spark. So simple and yet so sophisticated! I can't wait to see the plaid one.

mouse said...

Love both versions of the quilt! Although I think I personally prefer the "lighter brighter" version :)

sequinK said...

Love the simplicity of your design. The few accent blocks really add interest. Thanks for the inspiration!

Diane said...

Such lovely, soothing colors in a simple elegant desigh. Fabulous!

Quiilt Lady said...

Quilt Lady said: Great quilt patterns and colors!! Please post the pattern on your blog. Also enter me for the giveaway.

Thanks ,
Cathy

Renee said...

Great colours!
Aw, too bad - I'm in Canada.
Have a great day!

bioyarn said...

Can't wait to see the plaid version! I love the simplicity and beauty of the quilts.

debbi d-w said...

Summer Blues - that quilt would look so perfect at a little cottage on a lake. . . Thanks for sharing!

JDesigns said...

Love all of your quilts! I love using white in my quilts and your blog has taught me it is ok to break away from the "traditional" quilt designs. I found your blog right after you decided to stop blogging and was heartbroken. Seeing you back has made me VERY happy! Thanks for the inspiration :)

EmileeHope said...

Wow! Winning the squares already cut out and ready to go would help make this quilt come together in no time!! Thanks for a chance!!

Mika in Seattle said...

I love the simple goodness of this quilt. cant wait to see the plaid.

Flogger said...

SEW happy that you are blogging again! Thanks for sharing ...

CarrieB said...

I love the colors and simplicity of this quilt!

Sarah said...

love it!

qltmom9 said...

Yes, please, draw my name.~

These are SO FUN!

Lucy~

Nicki Lundeen said...

Beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win this pattern and squares!!!

Zibu said...

Oh I think I like this more than the previous dark version, though they're both fantastic! Just looking at this one makes me feel sleepy... like I want to lie down on the sofa under it!

pam said...

I am so glad you are back to blogging. Your quilts are all beautiful and made so well. Love drinking my coffee with you in the mornings. pam

sara said...

love it!

Agnes said...

I like this pattern...I would love to try it!

The Brown Family said...

I would love to try this too. Thank you for the inspiration!

Anonymous said...

You can do no wrong when it comes to quilting. Your quilts are fantastic & the photos you take are picture perfect. As always you are an inspiration!
Brenda C.
Texas

Doris said...

These two versions are very unique...love this one with the little squares. Good job, A!

Molly said...

Beautiful quilt--love the colors you chose!!

Fabric Fanatic said...

I really like the addition of the pieced blocks....visually interesting and causes the eye to move across the quilt. I am slowly but surely increasing my stash of solids and see the day coming where that will be what I work in to the exclusion of prints.

Connie H. said...

Love this pattern, and I really liked the quilt you posted yesterday with the dark sashing for a more maculine quilt.

Lisa said...

This is beautiful! I have a black jelly roll that's been sitting around, would be fun to use with clothing scraps for a memory quilt!

Cindy said...

I can't WAIT for the plaid version! I love how the entire feel of the quilt can change just by changing the colors. I'd love the pattern!

Char said...

I like this version, especially the Kona Ash.

Karen said...

So simple, so stunning! I would love to win the blocks. Your work is so inspiring.

webmailaddress2 said...

What a simple, classy quilt!

Helen said...

I have followed your blog for quite a while. You have inspired me to add a collection of Kona white and black to my stash. One of my favorites is filmstrip.

tracy_a said...

Inspiring! What a great "boy" quilt.

Becky S. said...

Love the quilt, love the colors!

linda gilli said...

Your work is beautiful. I would love to win your giveaway - the colors you used are my favorites!

Sara B. said...

thanks for the giveaway! i love LOVE this pattern!!!! :)

Heather Crowe said...

I love these colors. So pretty!

Jamie said...

Just love the colors of the lighter one which are great for boys/men too I think. The darker quilts are wonderful too!! love the random smaller squares.

girlsmama said...

I love the difference between the two quilts! So many variations possible.

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